Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

Category: Theory and Research

How “EPIGATE” opened the door for more Big Pharma scrutiny

I should have posted this a while ago but became side tracked with my Food Free Trunk or Treat events.  I still feel it is pertinent although a bit late; the level of sarcasm is strong with this one…

As we know, Mylan has agreed to pay $465 Million as part of a Department of Justice Settlement for wrongly classifying EpiPen as a generic product.  The generic classification allowed the company to pay substantially less in Medicare/Medicaid rebates:  “Drugmakers are required by law to pay rebates for sales to patients insured by Medicaid, which is funded jointly by states and the federal government. By classifying EpiPen as a generic, Mylan paid a smaller rebate of 13%, or about $163 million, when it should have been paying a 23% or higher rebate for brand-name drugs, Mr. Slavitt wrote” as noted in the WSJ.   It’s too bad the average American consumer isn’t privy to those lucrative rebates–but I digress.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D.-Minn.) described the mis-classification as an “outrage.”  And yes, we should be outraged…but not solely at Mylan.

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Head Lice, Star Wars, and Food Allergies?

School has started again. That means homework, packing lunches, after school sports, and the crud. In the retail pharmacy world, we see a flood of prescriptions about 3-5 weeks after school starts; children come down with everything from ear infections, strep throat, and bronchitis, to head lice.  That may be why September is “Head Lice Prevention Month”.

The scenario starts by receiving the dreaded letter from the school nurse. A kid in your child’s class has lice. Duh, duh, duuuh. I remember that note coming home when I was in elementary school. My mom sat my little second grade, Food Allergy Pharmacist self on a dining room chair and began to explore hair and scalp. Maybe I have been slightly traumatized (thanks Mom), but I clearly remember my mother, who had never seen a louse before, totally FREAK OUT. I had lice (insert the “Imperial March” music aka Darth Vader’s theme song).  My head is itching just typing this post. Continue reading

Are you pregnant with an allergic child?

Normally, I try to give advice that combines the benefits of my education, work experience, and living with food allergies, but today I want to talk about a frustration I have with a gap in medical knowledge and what appears to be a gap in medical research.

I recently read about a study conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. The study’s preliminary findings indicate that children may develop allergies in utero. Continue reading